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Little League: Wild rally comes up short

Squad of 10- and 11-year-olds comes back from six-run deficit, but is eliminated from tourney.

June 30, 2010|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com

"The umpire said he beat the throw, but he kind of kept the outline [of Pacheco's leg] on the line," Lord said. "He said, 'Look at his foot. I kept it here. I didn't wipe off the plate. It showed his outside leg missed the plate barely'… I think he did a great job seeing it. I thought he was safe, but the umpire saw what he saw and he made the right call, in his eyes."

Costa Mesa National didn't let the call get them down, though. Ponsford followed with an RBI triple and he was batted home as Gardner singled to left, for a 7-6 lead.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth.

Westminster will play in another elimination game today at 5 p.m.

Westminster Manager Todd Nash was proud of his son, who got the walk-off hit. He said Cade had missed the team's game Tuesday with a small outbreak of chicken pox. But the elder Nash also gave props to Costa Mesa National for battling so tough.

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"Luckily we came back in the last inning and got some runs," Nash said. "Otherwise, they had us. It was a good game … I'm proud of our team and Costa Mesa. Those kids battled hard, man. That was awesome. They kept battling back, little by little, which was impressive especially [since] we beat them pretty good the other day. They kept their confidence."

Shortstop Riley Lord made several nice defensive plays for Costa Mesa. Teddy Lopez and Drake Siegel also contributed.

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